1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....

Monday, May 4, 2015

March is now finished - Aprils is started

So it's the 4th May and I've finished March's blocks
Sticking to my one block a night with a few nights out for meetings
My plan to catch up and finish Aprils and May's blocks
Before end of May is on target

Mark me off for March Chooky


Hi Girls,

A few days ago I posted my blocks for March
and April.
Yesterday I began and finished my May blocks.

And I couldn't stop....so I began the Juin blocks...

Only 2 blocks to go and juin is finished to!!!

Maybe....if I find the time this evening....

Have a nice day!!!

A is for April

Just a tad late but my blocks have gone from here (April 30)

 to finished.

Now I'm ready to start blanket stitching on my May blocks tonight.

Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

May blocks done!

Thought I would get organised and get Part 4 of Nature's journey done early!

Here they are !!

Only 3 little days late…

April blocks are finally done !!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mays blocks progress report

Just thought I would give you all an update on this months blocks.
The tulip blocks are my fave so far.

Enjoy your stitching ladies, I am!
Kel x


April done!

 April blocks done! Only 2 days late! Love seeing everyone's beautiful blocks! Lori, Leaskdale, ON Canada

April's post ...... just a tiny bit distracted

I am a little late, I think I had a tiny excuse ........ I got married on 11 April 2015.

I had a wonderful day, surrounded by wonderful friends and family, the weather was perfect and we had so much fun.

I was slightly distracted at getting my blocks completed, but as Chooky said "no excuses".  I am so enjoying this SAL - it's a challenge but is coming together beautiful.  I'm a little fussy, needle turn is not easy for me, I can see improvement for me each month. I'm loving my chosen fabrics, blue is out of my comfort zone.  Everyone seeing my work says it looks great. 

Loving seeing the SALs blogs, your work is totaling inspiring to me. I especially love the brighter fabrics. I'm so looking forward to putting the quilt together and seeing all finished quilts. 

Happy stitching
Hugs Meg 

Is it Too Early??.....

...for a progress shot of May??

Keep at it girtls - seeing great results from many of you...progress shots are encouraging for everyone else as well.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

YEP i've slipped behind.

Hopefully by the end of May I will be all caught up. Here is April progress minus a large block which seems to be missing in action, it is my half complete dragon fly....maybe it just flew off.




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to the 33 girls who have finished April..........
well done......
you are well on the way to have a completed quilt in the SAL timeframe............

We still have 8 ladies to finish February..........some of you I have not heard from and others I know are working away............
22 to finish March and 40 to finish April........
Not so good these stats...............come on girls I know you can do it...........
Some of you have posted progress..........if you have not done a post in April you better get a post up here fast.........we all want to see how your going.............it's part of being in the SAL that keeps us going.........seeing what everyone else is doing........
I read this quote in a newsletter this week........
I thought lots about this in many areas of my life........
It'll give you something to think about.......and not just in relation to the SAL......

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, etc…

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

Particularly In the aftermath of the earthquakes in Nepal remember no matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.

1 day to late!!!

A few days I told you that I didn't finish March
and April.
But I felt the whip cracking.....and I got started!!!
Yesterday I finished March....

and today I finished April!!!

I've also sewn all blocks together, so I'm sure
that I don't use the same backgrounds
next to each other.

Now I'm sewing the blanket stitch from
all the blocks and then I'm starting
my May blocks.

For all the girls who are still stitching....

Have a nice day!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Day late!!

Well, I did finish the blocks, albeit a day late!
Now I'm finished, I'm going for it with this months blocks. 
I really liked Aprils appliqués. Love The lovely little bees :)

Keep it stitchy ladies!
Kel x


Chookyblue's update

I had to have a major resort before I started the rest of my April blocks...............
balancing out the colour especially since I am doing different colour circles.........
just got caught  with a few other things that had to happen............
but nearly  there........
It's been great to see where everyone is up to.........thankyou to those girls who are finished and great to hear from you even if your not finished it is nice to see your progress.........and if your not finished you pretty close so keep up the great work...........now onto May............I wonder who will be finished first this month...............maybe me...........lol..........

Nearly Finished....

Nearly finished, just a few more hours needed. 
I am doing a little update post as I have not posted recently due to recovering from surgery.
I cut out all my applique background block at the start of the project.  Plus I also cut out the templates for the embroidery in plastic.
I am matching the thread colour for the embroidery to the fabric background. 
I embroider all the blocks first before starting on the applique.  I was on track to complete Chooky's recent attack plan then I had a few hiccups again! 
Here in the UK the May Day bank holiday weekend starts tomorrow, which means a long weekend to catch up on my blocks.  

My April blocks

Well, I failed. I didn't honestly think I'd be able to finish them at all - but seeing as I am only missing two blocks, I'm still pretty pleased. I mean, I managed these without growing a third arm and with a (now) eight weeks old baby who is completely mommy-holic (rarely pleased if not located on or near me). So, I guess I won't receive an A next to my name yet, but hopefully soon. 

My favorite block this month? The dragonfly!

Here's to finishing the April blocks soon - and to a fresh try on May!

Happy stitching from
Tonje and Aurora. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April cruising

I've just had a wonderful holiday in USA.. Cruising the Mississippi River for 6 days on the American Queen paddle steamer....visiting an Amish community in Ohio.. And ending up at  Paducha, for Quilt week!....   Of course My Natures Journey blocks came too.. And therefore April is complete.

Ummm....last day of April And

I still have today to work on my blocks...my time has not been my own this past weekend (you can read about it on my blog) so I might be late with my blocks...between my back issues and this past weekend, I have not finished my blocks...hopefully in a day or so...I have meetings today with ins. adjusters so no stitching until late in the evening...I promise to be back in a few days with my blocks for April all finished.

So near.....

and yet so far!  

It's pointless waiting longer to tell you that I'm not going to get Aprils Blocks made before the end of the month.  Not surprising at it's tomorrow (it's probably tomorrow now for you girls in the Southern Hemisphere).  Drat!  I've been trying so hard to hang onto my spotless record too.  

Here's what I have left to do....

I've prepared the final bit of applique and that empty circle just needs an EEP 6 point star.  Who knows... I might just make it by midnight... it's not quite 2pm here.  What do you think... will I do it... Hummm...   looking dodgy I think.

Maybe Chooky will cut me some slack.  After all my BOM was late arriving this month.  It arrived April 16th so I've had much less time to complete.   C'est la vie!  

Well I'd better get back to work.  I'll show you all my efforts for April when I'm done.   Hummm... think I'll hang around here a while and catch up with all your work first......:o)

Be happy...

Just Missed!

Well the end of the month is here and I have yet 2 blocks to finish....... a committee meeting at our local theatre and 2 unexpected dinners out after work with friends this week have put an end to my plans of completing all blocks by 30th - though it was close...... will get them finished over the next couple of days..... meanwhile here's where I'm up to....

..... and I did change the 2 small blocks with flying bees(?) to a ladybird and another flying bee - I really didn't like the original design - though I did actually do them but.... well... there was just something about them......they looked like little planes.....
Be back over the weekend with all completed....

Happy Stitching

Soggy April 30

Raining all day and we're in for a wet few days.  With visitors coming and going since Easter, back to work after school holidays and feeling like I live in a continuous whirlwind, I sadly must admit that I'm not going to make this month's finish line.

4 small blocks and 1 large block completed. The dragonfly block and EPP star are pinned ready to stitch tonight. That leaves 1 more flower and the cherry block but this wet weather should mean I get to stay indoors and stitch.
Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

Nearly there.....

Just have to attach my EPP star to the background... will be doing that tonight and will post pics soon! Went to my weekly sewing group today and my wonderful teacher showed me how....

The last day of April

I promised to come back today, and guess what? I have all my April blocks done, and here in Norway we still have most of the day ahead of us. I'm almost doing a happy dance :-). 
It's so interesting to see all the great blocks made by the SAL participants. I really look forward to the day we can see the finished quilts. A big thank you to Chooky and Susan!
                                       Have a wonderful weekend!

April Blocks

Here are my April blocks. Had most of them finished last week, just the epp star to do. Finally finished that off last night so thought I had better get a move on and post a photo today.

I stitched the stems on the flower and cherry blocks in satin stitch. This is my first epp star so am quite pleased with how it turned out.

There are lots of lovely blocks being made out of a variety of fabrics. I can't wait to see them when we finally get to put all our blocks together.

Thank you to Chooky and Susan for keeping us on track.

Till next month..... Happy Stitching...........

Ducking the whip ;0)

Hello girls ;)

I'm going for it! Here's what I have done so far....

And here's what I'm going to finish before midnight lol. 

My gorgeous Daughter is not going to die....thank god! 
Cardiologist diagnosed her as having severe sleep apnoea. The thought just Never even entered into my head. So hopefully after her sleep test next week and a machine of her own she can get back to a normal life. Soooo happy. I can't even tell ya.

Glad to have you girls to stitch along with to keep my mind of it all.
I say lets go! We can finish this month together!

Ducking Chookies whip......
Kel xoxo


April Done and Dusted

I can't believe it.  I actually finished my blocks last night with a whole day to spare.

I'm still enjoying playing with my bag of little scraps. There are memories from lots of old projects here.

I thought I may have to delve elsewhere for the paper pieced star, but I was able to come up with some suitable fabrics among my scraps. It is even appliqued by hand rather than by machine. I take my hat off to all you girls who are working this all by hand. 

The light purple outer leaves on the flower are  even scraps from our recent weekend at Nundle.

Thanks once again Chooky and Susan for keeping me on the straight and narrow.  

Now to see if I have enough scraps for May's blocks.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nearly there but wont quite make it...

I know - lots of excuses but I do have a couple.  My BOM only arrived last Thursday so I started straight away but not finished yet.  Got all the stitching done and most of the  applique prep, but wont get it finished by tomorrow night as I have to go away for work tomorrow and not home till Saturday.

Hopefully finish by early next week. Hope May's BOM arrives a little earlier otherwise it is going to be a struggle each month!


April done in the nick of time ......

I am very pleased that I managed to finish my blocks in the nick of time with 1 day to spare.  I am aiming to make a start on May right away.


Fee xx


I didn't finish my March blocks and I have 
to start my April blocks.
It seem that there's always something else
to do.
We went to France for a little break
to charge our batteries.

We made trips on our bikes and went
to visit our friends, so no time to sew ;-)

So today....

Have a nice day,